The next morning, we made that vision come true and had another great meal. Going back to the Journey, we started getting ready to go. Started up the Journey, pulled in the slides, then I went out to the Element and checked everything out with it and got it ready, too. Part of my pre-flight departure routine is to take a complete walk around the Journey and the Element, double checking everything, slides, awnings, jacks, TV antenna, tow hitch, tires, lights and so forth before we actually move.
As I was doing my walk around, an official looking SUV, with decals on the side pulled up alongside us. My first thought? "What did I do to get in trouble this time?".
The driver put down his window and said, "Are you Paul?" That surprised me, and my mind started a slide show of all the people I know, trying to recall who this gentleman was and where I knew him from. In a split second, I came up blank.
The gent said, "I love your blog, I read it regularly." Wow! A blog reader who I had never met had found us and stopped by to meet us. He introduced himself as Gary, a fellow RVer. We had a quick chat and agreed to keep in touch and meet again one day on the road.
It made my day! We enjoy writing the blog for a variety of reasons, to keep friends and family informed of where we are and what we're doing, documenting our travels and helping other RVers get an idea of the fulltime life so they can know what it is like. Meeting a reader is icing on the cake. :c)
Yesterday, little Anabelle arrived home.
In no time she was unbuckled from her car seat,
and the passing her around and her grandma's cuddling began.
The pediatrician recommended 15 minutes of "tummy time" several times a day to help Anabelle develop and learn to crawl, so she was put on the kitchen table with a circle of happy admirers watching her every breath, wiggle and sigh.
Even Cooper, Corey and Amanda's Golden Retriever laid on the floor, close at hand, and little Madison, their pug, stood, ready to watch over their new charge.
Meanwhile, Mike, Amanda's dad and I worked on the Element. It needed new front brakes, so we took on that job in the driveway. Corey also pitched in and lent a hand.
We figured we'd stay out of the way. Smart men know not to get in the way of grandmas and babies. :c)
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